BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design graduates have been talking to AUB after their London summer shows. Here Alex Barras discusses her work
Can you tell me about your show?
It was a first time designing anything live, which was quite intense at first but very good fun. I would say I prefer set, so I was really happy to just solidly work on a set which was very traditional. It had its challenges by being a house, and being period, because everyone will notice if it’s wrong because it’s so real. With fantasy you can say “that was meant to be there – that was meant to be a little too big” but with realism it was a real struggle to get period for two different periods to change over in the space of 15 minutes. It was a challenge but I really loved it and it was good fun.
Can you tell me a little about your time at AUB?
It was really good. I loved the course. Bournemouth itself is lovely. I just liked being at a creative university. My sister goes to a very normal, very boring academic uni and going to an arts uni, when you step out of that bubble you go back to people and go “oh, I forgot you’re not artsy”. You get so involved in the community, in this artsy bubble where it feels so normal and so fun. When you step out of it you go “no, I need to get back in – I need to go back to this space”.
What do you plan to do now you’ve finished?
Find a job would be a good start. I’m probably going to work a normal job, the job I have now to pay the rent, and then try to freelance.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design at AUB.